- Modi "wooed and wowed the tech crowd" and "conquered" Silicon Valley……New York Times
- Modi's trip had made Silicon Valley "a must-see destination for world leaders" and "signals the rising influence and economic power wielded by this technology hotbed."……the Washington Post.
Modi’s $8 trillion economy into a $20 trillion economy at a Facebook Townhall with a promise of four Ds -- demography, democracy, demand and now de-regulation -- he told investors: "Want to Invest? I Have an Address - India."
Modi writes another success story with love fest in America
Los Angeles, Sep. 28, 2015
Washington, Sep 29, 2015: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up yet another hugely successful visit to the US with a warm hug for President Barack Obama, a courtship with Silicon valley and a love fest with the Indian diaspora.
As Obama said after an hour-long meeting in New York on Monday with "good friend" Modi, building on his "wonderful visit" to Delhi in January, "We've elevated our ties. We've committed ourselves to a new partnership between our two countries."
Modi agreed they had "achieved significant progress in our bilateral cooperation and international partnership" and welcomed "the progress in giving shape to our joint strategic vision on Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region"
Governor Brown Discusses Climate Change with Prime Minister of India:
|SAN JOSE - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. met with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today in San Jose to discuss the global fight against climate change. During the meeting, the Governor and Prime Minister agreed to a partnership between California and Indian states, in which California would provide expertise to help India reduce air pollution and combat climate change. The Prime Minister's visit is the first trip by an Indian head of state to California in more than three decades.
"California and India have a very close and very dynamic relationship," said Governor Brown. "California has pioneered cleaning up the air and cleaning up the environment over many years. Collaboration on a regulatory and technical level could be helpful. There's a lot to do."
Avadhesh, Uma Agarwal, a social entrepreneur & well-known NRI Philanthropist in Southern California... READ MORE
Modi ji is a powerful speaker, the most energetic leader India has in my life and draws huge crowds wherever he goes," Avadhesh Agarwal, a social entrepreneur & well-known NRI Philanthropist in Southern California told NRIpress. " He also wants to turn India into a manufacturing hub to create the millions of new jobs that India badly needs, so he's launched a curiously named Make in India scheme. He is a new dynamism in bilateral ties in the neighborhood. He will continue to win admirers and push for his country to play a more significant role internationally."
Avadhesh and Uma Agarwal is STAR sponsor for this event from Los Angeles community and he is part of organizing committee
Bala Palanisamy, Founder, Southern California Tamil Organization with Mr. Richard Verma, U.S. Ambassador to India and Dr. Subramaniam Shanmugham, Vice-President, Mandir, Irvine
Bala Palanisamy (left shown in photo), Founder of Southern CA Tamil organization & President of Best IT Experts Inc), Malik Banda from Telugu Community Organization took part of this event on Saturday and Sunday added: "Tight security, warm welcome and Bollywood beats greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Fairmont Hotel, Silicon Valley headquarters Saturday, where hundreds of members from the Indian community showed up to catch a glimpse of the leader of the wold's largest democracy.
There are about 60+ members from Southern CALIFORNIA attended luncheon on Saturday with Narendra Modi & Team."
Many Overseas BJP members from Los Angeles, Babulal Gandhi, Vinod Ambasta, Anil Parekh, Dr. Krishna Reddy, Subbu Shanmugham, Deepak Sharma, Raju Guttala, Madhu Sudhana Hebbar and FIA members attended lunch event with PM MODI & Team. Key sponsors from Southern California are Kirit Patel from Venus Group, Manu Shah from MSI International, Pravin Mody from GBS Linens, The Chugh Firm etc.
Charanjit Batth grow grapes on 18,000 acres in Caruthers, California and his private company categorized under Almond Grove. ....READ MORE
Charanjit Singh Batth, entrepreneur, one of the biggest producer of raisins in the world and founder member of of NRI Sabha USA told NRIpress, "It was a historical visit as our NRI Sikhs in California met PM from India after decades. Modi has renewed faith and hope that some issues must be resolved." The issues are:
- NRI Sikhs are still being punished for applying for political asylum in order to legalize their status three decades ago.
- The Sikh-American community also raised the issue of 1984 Sikh riots and the Sikh farmers in Gujarat.
We apprerciate that The Prime Minister recalled the sacrifices made by the Sikh community for India.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) shared the stage with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he was welcomed by a crowd of more than 18,000 people. Just before the Prime Minister took the stage, he met with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and other Members of Congress to discuss plans to build U.S.-India relations and promote technology partnerships.
As anticipated, Obama chose to focus on climate issues. India's leadership at the Paris climate change conference in December, he believed, "will set the tone not just for today but for decades to come".
Obama said he was encouraged by "the aggressive nature" of Modi's commitment to clean energy,
Modi said he and Obama "share an uncompromising commitment on climate change without affecting our ability to meet the development aspirations of humanity".
But Modi also made it clear to Obama, French British Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron, whom he met separately, that a negative approach of capping emissions or adding restrictions was not going to help. Instead a positive approach that includes help for developing countries like financing and technology transfer was needed, he said.
Modi also won renewed support from the big three for India getting a permanent seat in the Security Council and asked them to have the UN reform process completed within a "fixed time frame".
Modi said after meeting with Obama "we have resolved to further deepen cooperation on counter-terrorism and radicalism".
But beyond the power meetings with Obama and other world leaders, the real measure of Modi's success was writ in his wooing the big business and winning over the tech titans of Silicon Valley.
From Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, Indian-American chief executives of Microsoft and Google to Apple's Tim Cook and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg everyone seemed keen to get behind Modi's digital dream.
If Pichai offered to bring wireless Internet or WiFi to 500 railway stations across India, Nadella outlined Microsoft's plan to help Indian government take low-cost broadband to half a million villages.
Qualcomm promised a 10 billion rupee fund for startups in India "to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy".
It will also set up a number of 'design houses' for product innovation in India.
And selling his dream of turning India's $8 trillion economy into a $20 trillion economy at a Facebook Townhall with a promise of four Ds -- demography, democracy, demand and now de-regulation -- he told investors: "Want to Invest? I Have an Address - India."
But it was the rock star like reception he received in Silicon valley reminiscent of the "Madison Square Garden moment" on the eve of his summit with Obama last year that wowed them all.
Modi "wooed and wowed the tech crowd" and "conquered" Silicon Valley, as the influential New York Times put it.
Modi's trip, said the Washington Post, had made Silicon Valley "a must-see destination for world leaders" and "signals the rising influence and economic power wielded by this technology hotbed."…..IANS
India, U.S. Sign $3 Billion Deal for Apache, Chinook Helicopters
U.S. and Indian officials signed two contracts for the purchase by the Indian Air Force of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook multi-mission heavy lift helicopters. The sale includes munitions, training, aircraft certification and components such as engines, electro-optical sensors and the radar.
Modi's visit to Silicon Valley: Beyond the hype were clear goals
All prime ministerial visits are calibrated for a specific goal, be it economic, diplomatic, political or cultural. That is true of all Indian prime ministers but it is especially true of Narendra Modi. Once you get past his gushing, uncritical fan base, those goals become sharper.
A striking example of that is his visit to Silicon Valley in general and Tesla Energy headquarters and Facebook town hall meeting in particular. The prime minister's choice of South African-born Canadian-American technology entrepreneur Elon Musk's facility in Silicon Valley on Saturday was significant for its potential whose details are not well known to many.
The name Tesla, of course, is Musk's tribute to the Serbian-born American Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 to January 7, 1943), widely regarded as the father of the electrical age given his pioneering work in alternating current and induction motor in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was by a wide consensus a true-blue genius whose range of scientific vision stretched from presaging hand-held devices carrying data we now call smart phones to robotics and limitless free energy.
Perhaps the primary objective of the prime ministerial visit can be found in a backgrounder on the company's website where it explains: "Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation. Powerwall consists of Tesla's lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system and software that receives dispatch commands from a solar inverter. The unit mounts seamlessly on a wall and is integrated with the local grid to harness excess power and give customers the flexibility to draw energy from their own reserve."
What Powerwall does is remove the need for the hugely capital intensive power plants, environmental costs and damage and expensive distribution network because it stores power in the Powerwall generated from solar panels on the roof. What mobile phones are to telephony, Powerwall could potentially be to electricity. It makes electricity more personalized. Priced right, this can transform India's energy needs as it can around the world.
Currently, Powerwall is priced at $3,500 for 10kWh and $3,000 for 7kWh units without the inverter and installation. While a large number of Indians can afford this, if the eventual objective of the Modi government is to transform rural electrification then the price needs to come down significantly. It operates between the temperature range minus 4°F to 110°F / minus 20°C to 43°C. While its efficiency under lower temperatures in India is of no consequence because it generally does not get that cold anywhere there, the higher numbers could be a bit tricky. Summer temperatures do routinely rise to the top end of Powerwall's range and even higher. It needs to be tested under those conditions.
Weighing 110 kilograms with dimensions of 51.2" x 33.9" x 7.1" this battery pack is a reasonably portable power source. As Musk explains, unlike other systems Powerwall does not need a separate room for its storage because it can be mounted on any wall. Guaranteed for 10 years, Powerwall or an Indian version of it could be a revolutionary solution for the country where electricity shortages are chronic. The sun is unlikely to go off anytime soon and it bathes India with its energy.
It is not clear what specifically Musk and Modi might have discussed but it may not be a bad idea to consider a Tesla pilot project anywhere in India. Given India's relatively low and careful per capita power consumption (700 kWh per capita in 2012, according to the World Bank compared to 12,954 kWh in the United States) Powerwall or a cheaper version of it could be a potentially game-changing solution.
That explains the prime minister's engagement with Musk, who is often jocularly compared to the Marvel comic book superhero Iron Man also known as Tony Stark because of Musk's varied entrepreneurial interests, including rocket science and space travel.
Modi's town hall style meeting with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was perhaps closer to his larger socio-cultural and political goals of keeping his vast following on social media abreast of the goings-on in his government in the face of creeping doubts over its performance so far. Being the first social media-savvy politician of India with a keen eye for what to let consumers enjoy, the prime minister was at home at Facebook's headquarters. He said many interesting things but what perhaps stood out from a political standpoint was his observation that social media had created an environment where instead of facing the electorate every five years politicians now face it every five minutes with millions parsing every word and offering their snap judgment.
In yet another brilliant repackaging of the Manmohan Singh government's ambitious plan to connect 600,000 villages and 250,000 panchayats the current prime minster has managed to very successfully sell his "Digital India" vision which draws on many of the same ideas. Making broadband connectivity universal in India through optical fiber was a key feature of the last government's plan, some of which was already in various stages of implementation when it lost the 2014 general election. It is to Modi's credit though that he has generated remarkable enthusiasm about it to the extent that Facebook offered its users a way to add a semi-transparent screen on their profile pictures in the colours of the Indian flag. It is part of Facebook's "Support Digital India" campaign.
Modi's interaction with Zuckerberg was one more instance of the prime minister's ability to strike an instant rapport with his audience. What brought the house down was his emotional reference to the sacrifice that his 91-year-old mother made to raise him and his siblings. He broke down while reminiscing his childhood and its hardships. He was responding to a question from Zuckerberg about his parents and personal life.
In the 31-year-old Zuckerberg, the 65-yearold prime minister appears to have found a muse whose youth can only help Modi expand his global appeal….IANS
Speech by Prime Minister at the Digital India Dinner in San Jose:
September 27, 2015, Thank you, Shantanu, John, Satya, Paul, Sunder, and Venkatesh;
A big thank you!
I am sure this was not pre-arranged. But, here on stage you see a perfect picture of India-U.S. partnership in the digital economy.
Good Evening, everyone! ......... READ MORE
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From KAMINI KHARE, Los Angeles
Hello Mr. Yadav,
Thank you for inviting me for this great occasion (Lunch) but due to my prior commitment I will miss opportunity to
meet our Prime Minister honorable Modi Ji.
Here is my welcome poem for him. I wish I could read this to him but I am requesting you please send this to him
prime minister of India.
Honorable Modi JI
This corner of the world
Is called ocean of tech
Every wave has come from the east
That is your land and my land
That is called Hindustan.
More than million Hindustani
lives in this corner of the world.
They all are not able come to greet you.
But I am sending you their greetings.
Grant me permission to day
So I can ask you well being of my people.
How is Neem tree of my village ?.
How is Dadi Ma sitting under the tree?
Did she get some flower of progress?
Please tell me all about her.
How is my little friend Balloon merchant?
who is selling every color balloon in the fair,
And bringing smile to every face.
Did he get some loan to fly high
In his business venture.
Every one's little, little dream
Will add up dream big India.
Kamini khare, Los Angeles